File:Professor E.A. Westermarck, c1930s.jpg|thumb|Portrait of Westermarck.
'''Edvard Alexander Westermarck''' (20 November 1862 – 3 September 1939) was a Finland|Finnish philosopher
. Among other subjects, he studied exogamy
and the incest taboo
The phenomenon of reverse sexual imprinting is when two people live in close domestic proximity during the first few years in the life of either one, and both become desensitised to sexual attraction, now known as the Westermarck effect
, was first formally described by him in his book ''The History of Human Marriage
He has been described as "first Darwinian
sociologist" or "the first sociobiology|sociobiologist
[Sanderson, SK. "REFORMING THEORETICAL WORK IN SOCIOLOGY: A DETAILED REPLY TO MY CRITICS"]
He helped found academic sociology
in the United Kingdom, becoming the first professor of sociology (with...